Narrator: Jim Frangione

Audio Review: The Beast by J. R. Ward

Posted June 6, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | , | 6 Comments

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Audio Review: The Beast by J. R. WardThe Beast by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Published by Penguin Audio on April 5, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 18 hours, 4 minutes
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...


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Rhage and Mary are the central focus of the story with a few other secondary plots. Their’s is sweet, heartwarming and uplifting, sorely needed after the last depressing saga.

I was hoping to see Assail reappear and he makes a heroic comeback here. He was so deeply mired in the muck I worried that redemption would be elusive. Hope springs eternal after this story. Layla’s pregnancy provided some tense moments and her relationship with Xcor continues unresolved.

Lastly, most of the Brothers are featured in the story, some more prominently than others. What I really enjoyed was seeing them interact meaningfully with each other without an eminent threat in the background. While it lacked the intense action typically found in the series, this was an uplifting story that also set up some pretty interesting future plots. Nothing earth shattering but I still couldn’t put the book down.

And, I’m still enjoying Jim Frangione’s narration. He pulls off all that “campy” and Brotherhood dialogue, making it sound almost (just almost) natural.

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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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Audio Review: Blood Kiss by J. R. Ward

Audio Review: Blood Kiss by J. R. Ward

Posted February 23, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

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The Shadows by J. R. Ward

The Shadows by J. R. Ward

Posted April 16, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    This is a difficult review to write without being spoiler-ish but I’ll give it my best shot. Trez & Selena This is primarily Trez and Selena’s story and most of the book is devoted to them. What worked? I wasn’t ever really invested in either character (he’s a manwhore on steroids, she’s one of those seemingly vacuous Chosen) so the fact that I cared deeply for both by the end of the book was a fairly large feat. It’s beautifully written, evoking some breathtaking emotions that caught me off guard. It’s also what didn’t work about the story and you’ll just have to read it to understand my meaning. iAm’s role in the story deserved…more. He’s impacted significantly.   Other plot line highlights Two […]

Audio Review: The King by J. R. Ward

Audio Review: The King by J. R. Ward

Posted April 24, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 17 Comments

  Last year, I read Lupdilup’s (from Hot Listens) interview with Jim Frangione, the narrator of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and was extremely impressed with his approach to recording. I made a mental note to consider listening to one of the books, even though I’d read the first 11 and the novella. So, when I was offered the opportunity to preview the audiobook version of this book, I seized the moment.   Narration Let’s just deal with the audiobook experience upfront. First, it was a revelation to hear the true pronunciation of some of the character names. Who knew Xcor was pronounced “Score”? I’d thought it “Ex-Cor”or “Z-Cor.” Plus, I now have clarity around all that odd terminology so common to the series. I […]